Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day in Santa Fe - Dining Specials

Santa Fe's Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is a wonderful place to spend Valentine's Day.  The  private courtyard suites, all with thick adobe walls, fireplaces and king beds, are especially recommended for a romantic getaway.

Many of our guests also take advantage of our Romance Packages, which include a couples massage and luxurious rose petal bath at our Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Imagine you and your sweetheart receiving side-by-side massages in a candlelit room, followed by a luxuriating bath in a hand-carved granite tub filled with the petals of 2 dozen red roses, a fire burning at your feet, as you sip Javanese ginger tea and nibble on tropical fruits with homemade chocolate truffles.

While we serve a full southwestern breakfast, you will want to choose from among Santa Fe's many fine dining establishments for your Valentine's Day dinner.  A number of Santa Fe restaurants are offering special Valentine's Day Menus this year.  Among these, my top picks for a romantic dinner this Valetine's are 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Luminaria at Inn of Loretto and the Old House at The Eldorado.

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar is a top choice for Francophiles who will appreciate its classic French bistro menu and intimate setting.  This Valentine's they are offering a three course dinner for $55/person, served from 5-9pm.  Appetizers include choices such as French Onion Soup Gratinee, Seared Fois Gras and Coquilles Saint Jacques.  Entrees includes Seared Duck Breast "Coq au Vin", Bouillabaisse and Osso Bucco, among others.  Save room for one of their fabulous homemade desserts - flourless chocolate cake, profiteroles or creme brûlée! Call them at 505.986.9190 for reservations.

Luminaria, located at Inn of Loretto, is offering a four course selection, with each course paired with a carefully chosen wine.  While they offer no options in their set menu, the idea of starting with the "Introduction" (Seared Scallops), then "The Courting" (Portabella Ravioli), followed by "The Engagement" (Grilled Filet of Beef) and ending with "Happily Ever After" (Tangerine Bavarian with Blood Orange Pudding) is quite clever.   This menu is priced at $75/person, including the wine pairings.  Reservations may be made by calling them at 505.984.7915.

The Eldorado Hotel's Old House Restaurant has put together an "Aphrodisiac Menu", priced at $119/couple, or $149/couple with wine pairings.  The menu begins with a Seafood Sampler to share with your beloved, including oysters on the half shell, crispy fried oysters and seared raw tuna.  This is followed by a choice of Asparagus Soup or a Sweetheart Salad of baby spinach, arugula, avocado, figs and pine nuts.  Main course selections include a Petite Filet & Lobster Tail or Pan Seared Scallops or a Chile Rubbed New York Steak.  Finish your meal of love with Passion Fruit Creme Brûlée, Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake or a Strawberry Mascarpone Tart.  Call them at 505.995.4530 for reservations.

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